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Community Reading of To Be Honest: Voices on Islam during the 2016 Presidential Election with Habiba Noor


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States (map)

Dates: Two Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $30 before Oct. 10, $35 after

You will be invited to take part in reading the play, To Be Honest, a piece of documentary theatre gathering perspectives on Islam from interviews with San Antonians in 2016. Faculty and students from Trinity University embarked on a research project to explore San Antonians’ views on Islam during the highly charged 2016 presidential elections. In this course we will first learn how the script came to be written. Then, in the second session, we will read the script together in a readers’ theatre style. The play has 22 parts, representing different religious and political communities in San Antonio. We will use our reading of the script to engage some of the more difficult questions that have emerged in our current political climate.

Habiba Noor, Ph.D., a professor at Trinity University, is an interdisciplinary scholar of religion and media. She co-authored the documentary theatre play To Be Honest along with Trinity professors Sarah Beth Kaufman and William Christ. The work premiered to a standing-room-only crowd at the McNay Art Museum in October 2017, with support from Texas Public Radio and Humanities Texas. Dr. Noor was raised in Connecticut, and she has lived and worked in New York City, Oakland, California, and London, England. She completed her Ph.D. from the Institute of Education, University of London, in 2013.

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